Canadian Wine blog

Writing on Canadian Wine by the MWC team Kurtis Kolt (BC), Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson (MB) Jake Skakun (ON), Michelle Bouffard (QB) and various national guest contributors.

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  • Canadian Winery Spotlight: JoieFarm

    For over ten years now, British Columbia’s JoieFarm winery has been producing wines that can be considered ‘the Okanagan in a glass.’ Though that sounds cliché, from where I’m swirling my glass – I consider it to be true. First, the wines always carry the region’s hallmark acidity, keeping things well-balanced and refreshing. Second, they’re quite expressive of the Okanagan’s mineral-rich soils, the remnants of glacial movement thousands of years ago. Finally, those long, sunny days are reflected in the ripeness and purity of fruit no matter the label. Vintage 2015 was a good one here in B.C., long and sunny, allowing for fruit to properly ripen without the threat of winter frost coming early. There were fires in the area at times during the summer, but vineyards and grapes were fortunately unscathed. Continue reading

  • Pair it Up! Tomatoes, Fresh Fig, and Blue Cheese Salad

    In Ontario, this hot September has kept the bounty of farm fresh tomatoes rolling in. Flavourful, perfectly ripened tomatoes are hard to beat, and are often at their best served with a minimalist approach - raw in a salad with fresh herbs and complementary cheese (I'll never tire of the magic tomato/basil/burrata combo). Continue reading

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